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Band Announcements - Week of October 29th

Congrats to all who helped make Saturday (and the entire season) a success.  This includes uniform helpers, frontline crew, photographers, videographers, poster makers, shoe polishers, and stadium cheer-ers.  This was a great run, as far as marching band seasons go.

We are back to 8:00am start time!  This also means that students need to enter the building through the main doors, not through the band room.

This Friday’s playoff football game AS OF NOW will be a volunteer band.  We can officially have 60 students there but we are looking into the possibility of more being able to go if they pay their own way in.  Students can sign up in the hallway and the band will be selected in the next couple days. 

Congrats to the following students for making the Nebraska All-State Ensembles:

Nate Ingracia, Trumpet, Jazz Band
Hayli Kent, Clarinet, Concert Band
Ben Steffensmeier, Trumpet, Concert Band
Jace Waybright, Trumpet, Concert Band
Shelby Warrick, Oboe, Concert Band

They will be participating in the NMEA conference Nov. 19-21.

Congrats to the following students for making one of the three Honor Bands at this year’s Doane Fall Festival of Winds:

Honor Band: Josh Gerdes, Brendon Gibbons, Hayli Kent, and Jace Waybright.
Merrill Band: Sophia Becker & Abbie Mattern
Tiger Band: Erin Cooney, Nathan Fricke, Austin Oltman, & Ashley Joseph
These students will be participating this Saturday November 1st with a performance that evening.

Honor Band info for UNL, Hastings College, UNO, and UNK are now in the office.  Please stop by for materials.

Students need to have their online assignment turned in by Friday if they want the 10 points.  They are to go the band website ( and listen to one of the judge’s comments, then write and one or two sentence response.

Details on Brass Choir and Pep Band will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Assignment Recordings

Color Guard

Music Individual


Visual Individual

Visual Ensemble



  1. LPS Concessions-October 18 (during the LPS Competition at Seacrest. LPS provides all of the food, and we help with set up, sales, and closing at the end of the Competition. We will need volunteers to help in three different shifts from 10:00 am-12:30 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm and 2:30-4:30 pm)
  2. Pit crew help - October 18, and 25 (help move equipment for the Frontline, Drumline, Color Guard and Band Majors)
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  • October 17- Football Game (AWAY) Seacrest at 8pm Itinerary
  • October 18- LPS Contest Seacrest at 3:00pm Itinerary
  • October 25- NSBA State Contest Seacrest (8:00pm, awards 10pm) Itinerary

Saturday contests are listed in bold. Details for each performance will be posted on the board outside the band office as well as the website.

Fine Arts Calendar - 2014/2015 (print)

Spartan Wear Order FormOrder your Spartan Wear Sweatshirts, polos, beanies

Order sheet

Meet the Assistant Director

Mr. Kenney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in May, 2012. After completing his student teaching at Lincoln East High School, he applied for and was offered the position of Assistant Band Director at East. His primary focus as an instructor there now is to teach Music Technology, Music Theory, and Guitar 1 & 2 while assisting Mr. Thorpe, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Whitman in other music areas. Mr. Kenney will direct the Pep Band, Brass Choir, musical pit, and is the Tri-M music honor society sponsor and the technology chair for the music department. He met his wife, Catelyn, as a Resident Assistant at the University of Nebraska.

Minutes for September Band Booster Meeting

Stay informed

Email Roster for Band Boosters and Band Members:  If you would like to receive updates in this manner, please send your email address to John Harroun at  (East High does NOT provide Email addresses to the Band Boosters.) Please include the name of your student and their grade.

The Band Program
Students at Lincoln East are very fortunate to have a wide variety of quality music ensemble opportunities. Below is a brief summary of each group and its role in the East Band Program. These ensembles can be subdivided into two major groups: Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular.

Co-curricular ensembles meet during the school day and you must be enrolled through Lincoln East to participate. You receive a grade for these ensembles and therefore must adhere to the grading requirements set forth by each class.

Extra-Curricular ensembles are not classes. They typically meet outside the school day and in no way are required to be in Band at East. They are meant to be extra opportunities that are open to East Band students.

Band Staff

Mr. Tom Thorpe, Director;
Mr. Paul Kenney, Assistant Director;
Mr. Del Whitman, Assistant Director & Department Chair;

Ms. Jessica Merten, Color Guard Coordinator
Mr. Aaron Bush, Drumline Instructor

Fine Arts Calendar - 2014/2015 (print) 


since September 23, 2009